Preview by: Jack Foley
IN WHAT is proving to be a strong year for British cinema, the
London Film Festival promises
to showcase several of the must-see UK movies of the coming months.
Aside from opening night film, Vera
Drake, and controversial teen drama, Top
Spot, another of the festival's highlights looks set to become
Enduring Love, a psychological thriller starring some of the top
names in British cinema.
Based on Ian McEwan's best-seller, the film finds Daniel Craig
as Joe, a man who becomes increasingly obsessed with a ballooning
accident he witnessed with his partner, Claire (Samantha Morton),
in which a man is killed.
In the ensuing weeks, Joe finds himself haunted by the tragedy,
and his own feelings of powerlessness, as well as becoming baffled
by the recurring presence of Jed (Rhys Ifans), who was also at
And it isn't long before the obsession
begins to impact on Joe and Claire's relationship, as well as
their personal safety.
Based on a screenplay by acclaimed theatre writer, Joe Pernhall,
the film is directed by Roger Michell, who scored a festival hit,
in 2003, with The Mother (which also starred Craig).
It is billed as 'an adventurous modern love story, firmly located
in London, but with universal themes', and has already drawn many
of positive reviews.
It is showing as the Mayor's Gala screening and also stars Bill
For Craig, it provides an excellent showcase of his diversity
and growing prominence as one of the UK's finest leading actors,
following his equally compelling turn in gangster thriller, Layer
It is due to open in the States on October 29 and follows in
the UK in November.